Active Chiropractic Protecting Your Health Information
New Regulation Passed
This new regulation is part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA and does three primary things:
1. It helps standardize and simplify the way healthcare organizations exchange healthcare data.
2. It provides consumers with additional protections for getting and maintaining health insurance coverage although, it does not guarantee coverage.
3. It creates new security rules to ensure the safety and privacy of individual and medical records.
Our Pledge Regarding Medical Information
The privacy of your medical information is important to us. We understand that your medical information is personal and we are committed to protecting it. We create a record of the care and services you receive at our office. We need this record to provide you with quality care and to comply with certain legal requirements. In addition, we have a policy in effect that makes every attempt to maintain the confidentiality of all patients’ information.
Disclosure of Medical Information
In addition to disclosing your medical information for treatment, payment and health care operations, we may disclose medical information for the following purposes: for a court order, subpoena, discovery request or other lawful process. We may disclose medical information to appropriate authorities if we reasonably believe that you are a victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence or the possible victim of other crimes. We may disclose health information when authorized and necessary to comply with laws relating to worker’s compensation, auto accidents, personal injury or other similar issues.
If someone calls or comes by, they will not be given any information about your care and/or appointments unless otherwise specified and noted in your file.
You have the right to look at or get copies of your medical records and to receive a list of all the times we shared your medical information for purposes other than treatment, payment and health care operations.
Open Adjusting Concept
Because of the open adjusting concept in this office, it is possible for doctor/patient discussions to be overheard by other patients. Most discussions will involve spinal health, but may also include anything concerning the primary health care of that patient.
Notification by Mail or Phone
Patients may be contacted by mail, email or phone unless written notification request that contact be only in person.
If you feel that your rights have been violated, contact the Office Manager or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Your email or cell number may be used to send you appointment reminders and will be entered into our database. If you do not wish to receive our appointment reminders or practice updates, please use the unsubscribe feature on email or text messages. Our email and cell list will not be sold to any outside agencies.
I give the doctor permission and authority to care for me in accordance with his/her exam findings and analysis. Chiropractic adjustments and adjunctive procedures are usually beneficial and seldom cause any problems. In rare cases due to underlying physical defects, deformities or pathologies you could be susceptible to injury. It’s very important that you make known to the doctor any health issues in your current and past medical history. The doctor will not give any treatment or care if he/she is aware that such issues may be contra-indicated to your treatment. Also, your doctor of chiropractic is licensed as a specialist and is able to work with other types of providers in your health care regimen. I understand as a patient at Active Chiropractic, I am authorizing them to proceed with any treatment that they deem necessary. Furthermore, any risk involved, regarding chiropractic treatment, will be explained to me upon my request.